Daily Current Affairs 26th May, 2017
US Senate confirms Indian-American Amul Thapar to key judicial post
- The United States Senate has confirmed Indian-American Judge Amul Thapar to a key judicial position on the powerful US court of appeals.
- Thapar, the first Indian-American to be nominated by US President Donald Trump for the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, was confirmed by the Senate 52-44, a vote on party lines.
- With this, 48-year-old Thapar will become the second South Asian judge to be on the US Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan.
National Commission for Women holds Interactive Meeting with State Commissions for Women
- The National Commission for Women recently organised an Interactive Meeting of the State Commissions for Women with a view to strengthening the process of NCW’s networking with State Commissions for Women and to gain from each other’s experience. The meeting was attended by Chairpersons, Members and Member secretaries of various State Commissions for Women.
After the meeting, NCW came up with the following recommendations:
- State Commissions for Women should take up with their respective State Government for setting up of Hostels for girls and women.
- State Commission should pro-actively coordinate and send feedback on the complaint matters forwarded to them by NCW in the last six months.
- SCWs may pursue with the state Government on the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment on ban of un-regulated sale of acids with a view to prevent horrific crimes against women specifically acid attacks.
PM Modi inaugurates India’s longest bridge in Assam
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the country’s longest bridge – the Dhola-Sadia Bridge in Assam on. Mr Modi walked a short distance over the bridge and enjoyed two minutes of solitude amidst his hectic schedule, with a strong wind above him and gushing waters below him as his companions.
- Mr Modi named the bridge after legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika.This three-lane, the 9.15-kilometre bridge has been built over the Brahmaputra river. It links Dhola to Sadia, both in Assam.
- The bridge willreduce the distance from Rupai on NH- 37 in Assam to Meka-Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM. The travel time between the two places will come down from the current six hours to just one hour, a total five-hour reduction.
ECONOMY,BANKING AND FINANCE
Start Up -Definition changes
- In order to promote entrepreneurship in the country, the Government of India has amended the definition of a Startup. The changes are an effort to ensure ease of starting up new businesses to promote the Startup ecosystem and build a nation of job creators instead of job seekers.
The following significant changes have been made to the definition of Startups
- Age of Startup increased: Taking into account the long gestation period by Startups to establish, an entity shall be considered as a Startup up to seven years from the date of its incorporation/ registration (from earlier 5 years). However, in the case of Startups in the Biotechnology sector, the period shall be up to ten years from the date of incorporation/ registration.
- No Letter of Recommendation required:No letter of recommendation from an incubator/industry association shall be required for either recognition or tax benefits
- Potential of Job and Wealth Creation:The scope of definition has been broadened to include scalability of business model with potential of employment generation or wealth creation.
Prices of 31 more drugs capped
- The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has capped the prices of 31 more drugs.
- The notification brings under price control intrauterine devices used for birth control; Factor VIII, a life-saving medicine for haemophilic patients; morphine, a pain killer; and rifampcin, a powerful antibiotic used to treat infections such as tuberculosis and leprosy.
- With these 31 drugs, the NPPA has brought 791 medicines under price control. There are 829 drugs on the National List of Essential Medicines, 2015, all of which will be brought under price control.
Uttar Pradesh Govt. launches JE vaccination drive in 38 districts
- In Uttar Pradesh, a massive immunisation drive has been launched in 38 districts to eradicate Japanese Encephalitis (JE).
- Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has launched the drive from Kushinagar district. The government also launched a toll-free number to get or provide any information about encephalitis. The number is 18001805544.
- His several cabinet colleagues also participated in the launch programmes in different districts. Drive will be continued by June 11th, 2017.
ENVIRONMENT,SCIENCE AND TECH
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
- The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is being held in Cancun, Mexico. The Global Platform is the most important international forum dedicated to the disaster risk reduction agenda, and this will be the first time it has been staged outside Geneva.
- The 2017 Global Platform will mark the first opportunity for the international community to review global progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted in Japan in 2015. More than 5,000 participants are expected, including policy makers and disaster risk managers.
Google India head Rajan Anandan appointed IAMAI chairman
- Google’s vice-president for South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan has been appointed the new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
- He will take over from FreeCharge’s co-founder and chief executive officer Kunal Shah.
President receives book on PM Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’
- President Pranab Mukherjee has received the first copy of two books ‘Mann Ki Baat-A Social Revolution on Radio’and ‘Marching with a Billion-Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Mid term’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
- Speaker of Lok Sabha, Sumitra Mahajan formally released the books at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- The book Mann Ki Baat: A Social Revolution on Radio byRajesh Jain is a compilation of Prime Minister Modi’s addresses to the nation on All India Radio every month under the programme Mann Ki Baat.
- The book Marching with a Billion- Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Mid-term written by eminent journalist Uday Mahurkar analyses the monumental changes that PM Narendra Modi has brought on multiple fronts as Prime Minister on India’s governance landscape by ushering in an unprecedented culture of transparency to create a level playing field.